Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Birmingham , West Midlands

DLA Piper
B2 4DL
West Midlands

Banking and finance Tier 1

The 'strong' banking and finance practice at DLA Piper UK LLP stands out for its cross-border reach, as evidenced by work on syndicated corporate finance, leveraged finance, real estate finance and other multi-jurisdictional deals for banks and large corporates. Led by Stephen Bottley, the team also features real estate finance expert Brian Woolcock. Senior associate Ben Tumelty left to join Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in November 2018.

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP is notably strong in cross-border disputes, with the firm's international network of offices providing a strong platform to attract big-ticket mandates. The team, which has particular focus on client in the financial services, technology and government contracting sectors, saw a 30% growth in fee income over the past year. Neil Bowker is national head of the firm's UK litigation and regulatory group, and has extensive experience of cross-border disputes. Nick Bamford, meanwhile, heads up the Birmingham team and is highly experienced in cases involving contract breaches and financial misconduct.

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP  is known for its work on complex cross-border transactions with extensive experience in both M&A and capital markets.  The team is led by 'tough negotiator' Noel Haywood  and Charles Cook , who both focus on international M&A transactions.  Also recommended are private equity partner Tim Lake , capital markets partner John Campion  and rising star senior associate Robert Newman .

Employment Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP is well-equipped to handle major multi-jurisdictional projects, as well as complex employment tribunal and High Court litigation. The superb team advises on the full spectrum of employment matters, ranging from wrongful/unfair dismissal claims to complex whistleblowing and discrimination matters. It has strong industry expertise in manufacturing, hospitality and leisure, technology, retail and energy. Sandra Wallace is the practice head.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

With a strong track record handling cross-border corporate restructuring, refinancing and insolvency issues, DLA Piper UK LLP has outstanding expertise advising clients from a wide range of sectors, including automotive, retail, construction and manufacturing, as well as lenders, investors and insolvency practitioners. Led by 'very good lawyer' Huw Dolphin, the team also features real estate sector specialist John Jeffreys and Charlotte Duce, who focuses on non-contentious transactional matters.

Planning Tier 1

DLA Piper UK LLP is well established at the top of the market for planning advice in the West Midlands, providing 'innovative solutions' on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including regeneration projects, residential and commercial developments, compulsory purchase compensation and contentious planning permissions. The impressive client base includes major developers, prominent clients in the public sector and investors. Practice head Trevor Ivory advises on a broad scope of matters, while Howard Bassford is recognised for his high-profile work in infrastructure planning, a key area of expertise for the practice; both split their time between Birmingham and London. Amy Truman, who was recently promoted to director, focuses on the residential sector.

Corporate tax Tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP's regional practice benefits from the firm's international connections, primarily focusing on the tax aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings. 'Outstanding technical expert' Mark Burgess leads the team and is notably skilled in real estate transactions and corporate reorganisations. Also recommended is senior associate Nick Hinton, who advises on the tax aspects of corporate transactions.

Intellectual property Tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP handles contentious and non-contentious trade mark, patent and other IP work for prominent clients across a variety of sectors including food and beverage and aerospace. The team, led by Richard Taylor,  has a 'broad spectrum of expertise', with Gareth Stokes offering expertise in IP-driven contracts and senior associate Satnam Sahota attracting praise for 'fantastic insight and support'.

IT and telecoms Tier 2

DLA Piper UK LLP's specialist team has leading market knowledge of IT contracting issues in the financial services sector. Led by 'highly skilled, down-to-earth and results driven' practice head Gareth Stokes, the firm's clients include those from the financial, insurance and life sciences sector. Recently promoted partner Phillip Kelly worked with Stokes on a dispute arising from a global sourcing contract, while Richard Taylor has a particular sector focus in technology, life sciences and manufacturing.

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 3

At DLA Piper UK LLP, the 'excellent' Monique Sutherland handles development, regeneration and infrastructure matters spanning a wide range of sectors including energy, manufacturing and retail. The team also regularly assists corporate occupiers with leasing and relocations and advises investors on large-scale portfolio transactions and restructuring, as well as handling land purchase and commercial deals for developers.

DLA Piper’s UK offices provide a full range of legal services to meet the ongoing needs of clients wherever they do business. It is one of the largest law firms in the UK and has seven offices in the major commercial centres of Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.

The firm: DLA Piper is a global law firm that provides its clients with legal and business solutions locally, regionally and internationally using integrated teams of lawyers with experience that spans a broad range of disciplines. DLA Piper is widely recognised for its pioneering approach and extensive geographic reach, which enables the practice to look after the business issues that matter to its clients – whether they are large or small. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner startups, local and household name companies, multinationals, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises and their subsidiaries, and public bodies and governments.

Types of work undertaken:Corporate: DLA Piper is a significant operator in the UK, providing transactional and advisory work in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, tax, and investment funds.

Employment: a market-leading practice with a strong reputation for delivering solutions-based advice and supporting clients in the day-to-day management of their people, legal issues and risk. Its lawyers work on a strategic and operational level on both contentious and non-contentious matters across the private and public sectors.

Finance and projects: includes experienced teams which advise on asset-based lending, asset finance, debt capital markets and securitisation, leveraged finance, project finance, real estate finance, and trade and commodity finance. Lawyers in this practice also advise on loan workouts and refinancings.

Intellectual property and technology: this award-winning practice is made up of experienced intellectual property, information law, technology and sourcing, commercial, telecoms, media and sports lawyers, and offers a unique, global, full-service capability.

Litigation and regulatory: the global litigation and regulatory group comprises over 1,800 contentious and regulatory lawyers. The practice group is dedicated exclusively to regulatory risk and dispute resolution, and includes litigators, arbitrators, criminal defence lawyers and ex-regulators, along with government relations, public policy and media relations advisers.

Real estate: this practice combines local experience with an international perspective to provide high-quality commercial and innovative advice. A full range of legal services is offered, including transactions, planning and property management. Clients include developers, investors and corporate end users.

Restructuring: the firm has one of the largest restructuring teams in the UK, with over 130 restructuring and insolvency lawyers who work as part of one of the largest global restructuring teams of any legal practice. The team regularly advises on high-profile assignments from the mid- market up to the largest and most complex national and international restructurings and insolvencies.

Tax: the firm provides advice on local and national tax, as well as a commercially integrated approach to cross-border structures and tax efficiency. It offers the full range of tax services that address the challenges of international commerce and business operations, including arranging operations to reduce effective global tax rates, transfer pricing, tax disputes and post-acquisition integration.

Other offices: Abu Dhabi, Al Khobar, Albany, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Atlanta, Auckland, Austin, Baltimore, Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Bratislava, Brisbane, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Calgary, Casablanca, Chicago, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dallas, Doha, Dubai, Edinburgh, Edmonton, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Houston, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kuwait City, Kyiv, Leeds, Lisbon, Liverpool, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Minneapolis, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, Muscat, New Jersey, New York, Northern Virginia, Oslo, Paris, Perth, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Prague, Raleigh, Riyadh, Rome, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan, São  Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai, Sheffield, Silicon Valley, Singapore, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Sydney, Tampa, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Vienna, Warsaw, Washington DC, Wellington, Whitehorse, Wilmington, Yellowknife.

Department Name Email Telephone
UK managing partner Sandra Wallace
Corporate Charles Cook
Employment Adam Hartley
Finance and projects Colin Wilson
Finance and projects Sarah Day
Intellectual property and technology John McKinlay
Litigation and regulatory Neil Bowker
Real estate William Naunton
Restructuring Mark Jackson
Tax Richard Woolich
Photo Name Position Profile
 Amy Truman  photo Amy Truman
 Stephen Bottley  photo Stephen Bottley
 Gareth Stokes  photo Gareth Stokes
 Fiona Thomson  photo Fiona Thomson
 Richard Taylor  photo Richard Taylor
 Krystle Robinson  photo Krystle Robinson
 Tim Lake  photo Tim Lake
 Satnam Sahota  photo Satnam Sahota
 Charles Cook  photo Charles Cook
 John Campion  photo John Campion
 Noel Haywood  photo Noel Haywood
 Mark Burgess  photo Mark Burgess
 Neil Bowker  photo Neil Bowker
 Brian Woolcock  photo Brian Woolcock
 Huw Dolphin  photo Huw Dolphin
 Sandra Wallace  photo Sandra Wallace
 Emma Phillips  photo Emma Phillips
 Monique Sutherland  photo Monique Sutherland
 Trevor Ivory  photo Trevor Ivory
Number of UK partners : 230
Number of other UK fee-earners : 770